Music: Coda Blue, The Red Hots to play folk, swing, novelties, blues Wed., Aug. 31

Coda Blue returns to Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Aug. 31, with Danbury-based The Red Hots opening. The show starts at 8 PM and cover is $5.

Coda Blue

Coda Blue

Coda Blue brings together three New Haven area musicians—Louis Audette, James Weisser and Ron Guerrette—to play their unique arrangements of blues, country and folk songs, as well as some originals. They will be joined at this show by Tim Quinn on harmonica.

The members of this trio have played in a variety of settings and each brings a wealth of understanding and experience to their performances.

Louis Audette on bass provides a solid foundation for the music. He started out playing with the Grey Sky Boys and then with the Greenbriar Boys. He chose not to follow that band when they hit the road to back Joan Baez. As he explains it, he was “tied to the mast.” He helped Frank and Barbara Shaw to start the popular bluegrass band Shoregrass. He has played in other bands: CornBread, the Moonshiners, Fairfield Crossing, and Chicks ‘n Sync. Louis is also a member of the ZuZazz String Orkestra.

James Weisser adds guitar and vocals to the mix. He has been known to pull out a blues harp. He will sometimes double on mandolin or concert ukulele. He is half of the songwriting duo of Nyren and Weisser. James founded the duo Woodrock with Steve Nyren. The duo performed in many of the venues in and around New Haven. As a founding member of the Dudley Farm String Band he played guitar and provided the lead vocals.

Ron Guerrette, an acoustic finger style and slide guitar player also known to torture an electric guitar from time to time, has played in many settings. The name of the trio is derived from Ron’s uncanny “ability” to tag any song with an unusually long ending. These inventive codas challenge an audience to determine if a song has reached its conclusion. Ron provides vocals as needed.

The Danbury-based (quartet), The Red Hots are two beautiful and talented ladies who bring life back to many classic jazz standards, old blues tunes and feisty originals with their blend of unique vocals, ukelele/guitar and harmonica, mixed with driving organic percussion. Members are Cynthia Preston (guitar, vocals) Petra Herceg (ukelele, vocals) Russ Preston (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Jay Margolin (percussion).

The Red Hots

The Red Hots

The Red Hots band began in October of 2012 in Danbury, CT — the brainchild and collaborative effort of Petra Herceg and Cynthia Preston, two beautiful and talented ladies who grew up playing music and had both performed professionally in the past. The band began re-imagining and re-doing classic, timeless pieces of music that were beginning to be lost to the ages, particularly old blues, jazz, ragtime and rockabilly.

Mixing the retro-stylized covers in with their own eclectic sound, The Red Hots began gigging at local places around town, experimenting with their sound and musical elements. After dabbling with various instruments and line-ups, the band has solidified their image as a tight-knit trio, expanding their live performances all the way to NYC festivals and private parties at the Jersey shore, as well as becoming a well-known act in their hometown. Their adaptability has become their coup de grace, able to play anything from low key acoustic shows in wine bars and lounges, to swingin’ and jivin’ upbeat sets in bars and rock venues.

The line-up includes Petra Herceg on ukulele and vocals, Cynthia Preston on guitar and vocals and Russ Preston on blues harp and guitar. The group plays with several distinguished area musicians as guest performers on upright bass, saxophone, piano and percussion.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Aug. 21. INDIE ROCK: WALTER, ETC.; BLOWOUT, 1 more TBA

• Wednesday, Aug. 24. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Aug. 25. JAZZ: BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

• Friday, Aug. 26. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, Aug. 31. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE, THE RED HOTS

• Thursday, Sept. 1. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK

• Friday, Sept. 2. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Sept. 4. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM SPONSORED BY GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS

• Thursday, Sept. 8. INDIE POP: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Sept. 9. ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Sept. 12. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE WAY”

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. PIANO MUSIC: DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

 

Music: John Thomas, playing acoustic guitar, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 8 PM

John Thomas will play in the BEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE SPACE this Wednesday, Jan. 2. The music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

John Thomas is a fingerstyle guitar player living in Hamden, in southern Connecticut. He plays instrumental acoustic music, mainly blues and ragtime. His influences range from the blues greats of the 1920s and 1930s to Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed. Thomas’ guitar playing is deeply steeped in American roots music of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Playing solo, acoustic music for more than 40 years, his live performances and recordings feature music that ranges from the compositions of classic blues guitarists like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Rev. Gary Davis, to the classic ragtime tunes of Scott Joplin, to the Nashville playing of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and to his own original compositions that echo these influences. For many of the blues tunes and rags in his repertoire he has created original arrangements, including adapting ragtime piano pieces to the guitar.

Check out a John Thomas performance on YouTube:

Milksop: Unsung kicks it up a notch

Local band Milksop: Unsung went au naturel in the BEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE SPACE on Thursday, Nov. 15, forsaking all use of electricity—including microphones for the vocals. Using instruments commonly heard in bluegrass music, they kicked up a fervent racket—what punk rock might sound like when the power grid goes down permanently.

Dan Carrano, left, played guitar and mandolin (and kazoo on one song) and sang lead on most numbers. Gary Velush, who also plays bass in local band Fake Babies, played upright bass and took the lead vocal on one song:

Mike Paolucci, right, played drums. Paolucci has also played the Performance Space with the group Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. T.J. Jackson, right, played both acoustic guitar and mandolin:

Music: Frank Critelli & Mark Mirando to play the Performance Space Wed., Oct. 24

Frank Critelli and Mark Mirando are solo performers, occasional songwriting partners, and drinking-buddies from the great state of Connecticut. On October 24, at Best Video, they will each perform a solo set of songs from their extensive catalogues of original music. Then, they’ll perform a duo set of a few of the songs they’ve written together. Expect to hear everything from ragged harmonica-accompanied folk songs to pristine piano pop. Stop down and have a beer.

The music will start at 7:30 PM.  The cover charge for this show is $5.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 PM. Music of the Great American Songbook (Porter, Berlin, Gershwin, Mercer et al): Rich Moran, accompanied by Judy and Steve Webber

Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 PM. A Program for Kids of All Ages: Family Halloween Film Screening

Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 PM. Jazz: David Chevan

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 PM. What Would You Do? Film Series: “Brigham City”

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 PM. Wildlife Stories: Ann Prum

Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 PM.Indie Psych/Pop: MT Bearington